The Poetry Society Readings at McNally Jackson: Ellen Bass and Kevin Simmonds

Each month, two poets will read from recent work as part of a series in conjunction with The Poetry Society of America. Join us for the first in our new fall program on October 1st at 7pm for readings by Ellen Bass, author of Like A Beggar and Kevin Simmonds author of Bend To It, presented by PSA Program Director Charif Shanahan. Wine to follow.Ellen Bass’s most recent book of poetry, Like a Beggar, was published in April 2014 by Copper Canyon Press. Her previous books include The Human Line (Copper Canyon Press), named a Notable Book by the San Francisco Chronicle and Mules of Love (BOA Editions) which won the Lambda Literary Award. She co-edited (with Florence Howe) the groundbreaking No More Masks! An Anthology of Poems by Women (Doubleday). Her poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies, including The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The American Poetry Review, The New Republic, The Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, and The Sun. She has been awarded the Elliston Book Award for Poetry from the University of Cincinnati, Nimrod/Hardman’s Pablo Neruda Prize, The Missouri Review’s Larry Levis Award, the Greensboro Poetry Prize, the New Letters Poetry Prize, the Chautauqua Poetry Prize, a Pushcart Prize, and a Fellowship from the California Arts Council.Kevin Simmonds is a writer and musician originally from New Orleans. He has authored four books:  Mad for Meat (Salmon Poetry), Collective Brightness: LGBTIQ Poets On Faith, Religion & Spirituality (Sibling Rivalry Press) and Ota Benga Under My Mother's Roof (University of South Carolina), and Bend to It. His writing appears in the anthologiesWar Diaries, To Be Left with the Body, The Ringing Ear and Gathering Ground. A frequent collaborator with Kwame Dawes, he has set several of his poems to music, including the children's book I Saw Your Face and Hope, A Meditation on HIV and AIDS in Jamaica (commissioned by the Pulitzer Center). Another, the performanceWisteria: Twilight Songs from the Swamp Country, chronicles the lives of black women growing up in the Jim Crow South and opened the 2006 Poetry International Festival at Royal Festival Hall. Simmonds has received fellowships from the Atlantic Center for the Arts, Cave Canem, the Fulbright Foundation, Jack Straw Writers Program and the San Francisco Arts Commission.    

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Ota Benga Under My Mother's Roof: Poems (Palmetto Poetry) By Carrie Allen McCray, Kevin Simmonds (Editor) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781611170856
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Published: University of South Carolina Press - March 22nd, 2012

Collective Brightness: Lgbtiq Poets on Faith, Religion & Spirituality By Kevin Simmonds (Editor) Cover Image
By Kevin Simmonds (Editor)
ISBN: 9780983293194
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Published: Sibling Rivalry Press, LLC - October 4th, 2011

Like a Beggar By Ellen Bass Cover Image
ISBN: 9781556594649
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - March 25th, 2014

The Human Line By Ellen Bass Cover Image
ISBN: 9781556592553
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - June 1st, 2007

Mules of Love: Poems (American Poets Continuum #73) By Ellen Bass Cover Image
ISBN: 9781929918225
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Published: BOA Editions - April 1st, 2002